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The Ultimate Guide To A Perfect Garden Room

The Ultimate Guide To A Perfect Garden Room

Everyone has a different name for the room that overlooks the garden. Sunroom, orangery, conservatory, garden room, extension and about 103 others. But no matter what you call yours, it is probably one of the most adored spaces in your home; that place you can go for a little peace and quiet, a little sunshine-therapy; an escape from all the distractions that fill your other rooms (yeah, we’re talking about your TV!). Of course, to make this the hallowed escape you can sneak off to unwind and relax in, you need to know how to design it effectively. The flood of natural sunlight and vibrant colors that burst from your garden are going to play a starring role themselves, but to get this space absolutely perfect for all those moments you want to escape, there is some essential information to soak yourself in; things that will make this room an absolute hit with you, your family and everyone that pops over for a cup of tea.… Read Full Post
Turn Your Garden Into A Great Entertaining Space

Turn Your Garden Into A Great Entertaining Space

Some people like to use their garden for growing vegetables and flowers but that takes a fair amount of hard work. Why not consider using your garden as a great entertaining space instead? When the summer comes back around it’s the perfect place for hosting parties and bbq’s (and you can even set it up for some winter evening events!). It’ll take a bit of work to get it all set up, so here are a few tips and tricks to get you going.   Patio Area When you’re creating the perfect entertainment area in the garden you need to build a focal point in the garden where you can put furniture for people to sit around. Proficient Patios is one good option because it’s a no fuss staging area that doesn’t require much upkeep.… Read Full Post
Leave These Garden Renovations To The Experts

Leave These Garden Renovations To The Experts

Somethings are just better left to the experts, but the garden is often not one of them. If it looks exactly how you want it to, then maintaining it yourself can be a pleasure. However, if it is not how you’d like it to look, then things are definitely best left to the experts. There are plenty of things you can do to change the look of your garden for the summer. The summer might seem like a far cry away for a lot of us, but it’ll come round quicker than we know it. So we’ve got some garden renovation ideas that we know you’ll love, but that are definitely best left to the experts. A Dip In A Pool A pool to a lot of people seems like a thing of luxury; a pool is an area of fun, relaxation, and beauty.… Read Full Post
Using Pinterest for easy garden design

Using Pinterest for easy garden design

Today I am writing a short article on how I use Pinterest for easy garden design tools. Yes, Pinterest can become a black hole of time spent looking endlessly at home decor, gardens, plants, pets and everything else I never even knew I wanted.  But, it can also be inspirational, insightful and help you organize your thoughts. I swear, Pinterest really can help with easy garden design and especially plant selection. Plant Selection Okay, I admit that some direction is needed. Do you have an idea in mind? One of my projects last summer was adding a new mixed perennial and shrub bed outside of our kitchen window and near our back deck. One new bed a year has been my self imposed limit! … Read Full Post
Controlling mealybugs on succulents

Controlling mealybugs on succulents

Imagine my surprise when I came across a major mealybug infestation on my succulents. Mealybugs on succulents are not rare, however I was surprised to see just how many I (or rather my aeoniums) had to deal with!  I was cleaning up some plants and as I turned this container a half turn, bam! There they were.  How did I get mealybugs on my succulents? That’s a good question. Quite honestly, they’ve probably always been there, but just not in these numbers. Stressed plants are going to be more favorable to mealybugs, so that may be an indicator which plants need some care. Mealybugs on succulents is common and since I did bring in a lot of plants from outside this fall, I may have accidentally brought these pests indoors too.… Read Full Post
Garden Features

Garden Features

Your garden is an important aspect of your home. You want to be able to sit in your garden and enjoying spending them there. Even with  some fantastic plants and lovely garden furniture,  you may feel like it is missing something. With that in mind, here are three potential garden features. Water Features Few gardens are complete without some kind of water feature.  This can be lovely and add extra depth and color to your garden. Options can include a fish pond, simple reflection pool, or perhaps a fountain or stream. Either way, a water feature can be a great garden feature and provide the focal point your garden needs. Moving water comes with a distinct and unique sound that makes your garden that much more relaxing.… Read Full Post
Creating a hanging succulent terrarium

Creating a hanging succulent terrarium

Winter getting you down?  How about creating a hanging succulent terrarium to get you through? I have been so impressed by my collection of hanging succulent terrariums that I felt it was worth sharing this again. I see so many of these online with the wrong plants and wrong supplies that they are destined to bring failure to their new home. Have you noticed these cute hanging succulent terrariums popping up in your favorite catalogs and decorating blogs? Don’t be fooled by their sleek design and beautiful colors, these are extremely simple to put together and are a great way to add plants to even the smallest spaces. Read on to learn how I made my seven different succulent terrarium and how to maintain your plants.… Read Full Post
Red, White, And Blue Additions to Your Patriotic Garden

Red, White, And Blue Additions to Your Patriotic Garden

Henry James once said, “I think patriotism is like a charity – it begins at home”. So, why not jump-start your patriotism right outside your front door? Whether it’s President’s Day, Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, or just an overwhelming sensation of patriotism, there’s never a shortage of days where you can wave the stars and stripes over your  patriotic garden. However, you might not know where to start. If this sounds like you, check out these tips to add some art to your patriotic garden. Add Red, White, and Blue Naturally If you’re a fan of natural beauty, one way to add some patriotism to your garden is to plant flowers that represent the colors of the Star-Spangled Banner.… Read Full Post
DIY Retaining Wall Makeover

DIY Retaining Wall Makeover

Its been a crazy busy time for us– there seem to be an unending number of projects and tasks for us to take on in our new home. Nonetheless, this DIY retaining wall project has been one of my favorites!  We spent about two hours working on this and I couldn’t be more please with the results. Just see for yourself… We were lucky to have a pile of this limestone already on site. Before starting we decided to use what we had, not to buy any more, but hopefully to get the height we needed. The old railroad ties originally used for this retaining wall have seen better days. This is on the backside of our house, and the saying “out of sight, out of mind” was probably never more true than here.… Read Full Post
The Perfect Garden Path

The Perfect Garden Path

Is it me, or does the garden path set the stage for the entire garden? I’ve seen a garden path that probably cost more than our home, and yet another garden path that was beautifully simple and wouldn’t cost anything. I loved both. While looking over photos from the Garden Writers Association conference in Atlanta I noticed a pattern in my photographs. At almost every home I took photos of the garden path which led through the landscape. This contemporary path features huge cement pavers with (my favorite!) Mexican blue river rock between them. Pros: these large stones and river rocks will not move and will feel good on your feet. Cons: Expensive. Natural stones with dwarf mondo grass creates a garden path that will look very natural.… Read Full Post

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